Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Chief able to keep a tight rein on Dr. Poole after meeting him?

2. According to a chorus of youths, what is "the chief end of Man"?

3. What event resulted in the destruction of a majority of mankind in the screenplay?

4. What does Mrs. Coulton believe about how the narrator and William Tallis might have gotten along?

5. How do the primitives mark women who have not produced a healthy baby during the season?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

2. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

3. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

4. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

5. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

6. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

7. How does Bob Briggs help Rosie?

8. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

9. How do Chief and Dr. Poole clash over books at Pershing Square?

10. What point does the script narrator make about baboons and knowledge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the back story and plot points of the script "Ape and Essence" reveal the author's own fears about the threat of nuclear war and annihilation.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the fictionalized world history put forth by Ape and Essence. How was the majority of mankind destroyed? Why was New Zealand spared? How does fear of war relate to the time period Huxley was writing in?

Essay Topic 3

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

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